Let me start by saying I have in no way optimized this post for SEO. I have not made a pinnable image. I’m not even hoping you share it like I always appreciate you doing with my more sharable posts. Nope, our spring garden, despite my efforts, is a complete rookie’s play by play. So feel free to read on and either commiserate our black thumbs or unload your best tips in the comment section. Keep them simple please because, well, you’ll see…
This is the before picture.
Let me be the first to give David many fist bump emojis for his awesome hard work on building a beautiful garden.
The well-built structure is not part of this garden fail.
The nice soil he mixed with CLAY to fill it up might be, but he would adamantly disagree with a hearty eye roll and snarky comment on my black thumb no doubt.
Let me back up for a minute and let me tell you how hard I tried with this garden.
I picked up this little seed starter kit that basically guarantees things to grow.
I carefully selected the proper plants to grow based on this North Carolina growing chart.
… and by “carefully selected” I mean I let the girls toss fistfuls of seed packets into the cart, then I tediously re-shelved the excessive number of pink flower and random vegetable packets when they weren’t looking.
Given a 4 year old and 1 year old may not be the most meticulous seeders, but guaranteed to grow, remember?
I was so proud of all those little labels and followed the directions of where to place this greenhouse to a T. My first mistake, perhaps, was the excessive celebration I threw when just over a week later my greenhouse looked like this.
We did it! I screamed as I high-fived the girls and showered us all with freshly-popped champagne.
(just kidding about that last part)
Then they just kept growing, so much so that it forced us to go ahead with the transfer.
I mean, just look at those beasts. Surely they were hearty enough to make the switch in environment and survive a couple cooler nights.
Man, were we proud when we saw our little seedlings start they’re venture into the real garden.
They even kept a brave face for a couple days.
…until we realized they had withered so much that we couldn’t even find remnants of where we had planted them.
Ah well, back to Lowe’s.
We picked out a few sturdy small plants and lowered our ambitions to just a few varieties.
30 minutes of digging later, and ta-daaaaa!
Our neighbor came by and congratulated us on our gardening success, just as I had just put the garden spades back out of view.
I decided to just smile and say thank you. My bruised ego needed a win.
So, now here we go, family garden 2.0.
And just for the record, the snap peas are the ones we grew from seeds, so I suppose a total failure I am not.
…at least not yet anyway.
Ok, weigh in here…
Any other rookies?
Otherwise PLEASE impart your knowledge on me.
How does your garden grow?